More college graduates needed to fill computer programming, software jobs

Tennessee, as well as states across the nation, will have a high need for computer programmers in the future.
Tennessee, as well as states across the nation, will have a high need for computer programmers in the future.

A new study by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the University of Tennessee's Center for Business and Economic Research shows that the state will have the greatest need for computer programming and software development professionals in the future. With a predicted 678 jobs to open in this discipline through 2018, the state expects that it will be short by about 397 degree holders.

This is also a trend on a national level, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment opportunities for computer software engineers and computer programmers are expected to increase by 21 percent, which is much faster than average for all occupations.

Students who want to fill one of these many additional positions should consider higher education. According to the BLS, a position in the computer software and programming field requires at least a bachelor's degree, although some employers prefer candidates who have a master's. These individuals should major in a subject such as computer science, software engineering, mathematics or computer information systems.

Employers also prefer candidates to have knowledge of the latest technology trends as well as relevant programming skills and experience.

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